Kurt Higuera, Chief Executive Officer
Kurt Higuera came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Executive Officer in mid September 2007. Kurt earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona and his Masters of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.
Kurt came to us from Arizona. His most recent position prior to joining Siskiyou Community Health Center was as a Practice Management Consultant for two Triad hospitals in Tucson, Arizona. Before that, he spent 10 years with a JCAHO accredited FQHC located in Casa Grande, Arizona. Five of those years were spent serving as the COO. He has also spent 5 years on the Board of Arizona’s Primary Care Association (Arizona Association of Community Health Centers). He also brings to us corporate level experience with Arizona hospital systems.
Kurt maintains his professional credentials as a registered Microbiologist with the National Registry of Microbiology, American Academy of Microbiology, a specialist in Microbiology with the American Society for Clinical Pathology, as well as a Registered Medical Technologist with American Society for Clinical Pathology. Professional affiliations comprise as an Associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives, member of MGMA and the Health Care Compliance Association as well as the national registries mentioned above. Kurt has also been a member of Rotary and spent five years as a member of the Oracle School District Board of Governors. His personal interests include gardening, cooking, photography and exploring Oregon with his wife.
Richard Booth, Chief Operations Officer
Richard Booth came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Operations Officer in February of 2008. Prior to joining Siskiyou, Richard worked for 6 years as the Executive Director of an Independent Physician Association in Portland, that provided health care to more than 50,000 members in four Northwest counties. Scope of his duties included operational management for more than 115 primary-care pediatric providers, as well as serving as Director of managed care and information technology for 24 primary care pediatric providers and being in charge of operational and personnel management for all technology needs.
Richard is a native of Grants Pass. He attended Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. Richard is also a member of the Medical Management Association and the Oregon Medical Group Management Association.
After spending 15 years living in Corvallis and Portland, Richard eventually returned to his home town of Grants Pass in 2007 to be closer to family and friends. His interests include spending time with family, along with golfing and fishing.
Bruce R. McKee, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Bruce McKee came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. With over twenty-five years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Bruce has served a variety of businesses in the financial, tax and business advisory areas. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Fullerton. Bruce served as the Chief Financial Officer for a 70 million dollar, 850 employee healthcare company providing home-health and hospice services, and was responsible for the financial department at the corporate office and oversight of eight branches, including financial reporting, cash flow management, strategic planning, and budgeting. His career began with Grant Thornton International, advancing to Senior Manager and overseeing audit quality control, staffing, and engagement administration.